For weeks, it’s seemed the impeachment stalemate between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) would never come to an end. But on Friday, Pelosi finally made her move.
In a Dear Colleague letter to House Democrats, Pelosi said she will bring to the House floor next week a resolution to, at last, send the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump to the Senate for trial.
“I have asked Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler to be prepared to bring to the Floor next week a resolution to appoint managers and transmit articles of impeachment to the Senate,” the House speaker wrote. “I will be consulting with you at our Tuesday House Democratic Caucus meeting on how we proceed further.”
Pelosi has been holding onto the articles since House Dems passed them in a highly partisan vote on Dec. 18, 2019, insisting that she needed to be assured a “fair” trial would ensue before she could allow the process to move forward, according to The Washington Post. But after Democrats like Sen. Dianne Feinstein (CA) told Pelosi earlier this week to give up the act, it looks like the House speaker has finally caved.
Sooner than later
Still, as recently as her weekly presser on Thursday, Pelosi was telling reporters that she would send the articles to the Senate when she was “ready.”
“Are you holding the articles indefinitely?” one journalist asked the California Democrat, according to video provided by C-SPAN. Pelosi offered a curt reply.
“No. I’m not holding them indefinitely,” she insisted. “I’ll send them over when I’m ready. That will probably be soon.”
Indeed, it looks like the articles will be in McConnell’s chamber sooner than later.
“There will be no haggling”
Pelosi’s cave comes after the Senate majority leader had made clear he wasn’t in the mood to bargain over the terms of Trump’s impeachment trial, saying Wednesday that “House Democrats’ turn is over.”
“There will be no haggling with the House over Senate procedure,” the Kentucky Republican declared, according to The Hill. “We will not cede our authority to try this impeachment.”
The majority leader also boasted that Republicans “have the votes” to run a trial on their terms, pointing to recently announced support from GOP moderates Susan Collins (ME) and Lisa Murkowski (AK), according to Politico.
But while the GOP is sure to acquit Trump whenever Pelosi gets around to holding up her end of the bargain, the House speaker isn’t giving up the schtick just yet. “A dismissal is a cover-up and deprives the American people of the truth,” she wrote in her Friday letter. (Eye roll.)